RJ Austin

Vanderbilt University

RJ Austin is more than just a standout player on the field; he’s a pillar of support within his Atlanta and Nashville communities. Passionate about nurturing the next generation, Austin has dedicated his time to organizing and leading free baseball clinics and camps for youth members. His commitment to empowering young athletes reflects his belief in the importance of giving back and fostering a love for the game among the youth. RJ also takes pride in supporting Special Olympics Tennessee as they provide year-round sports training and competition for more than 17,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

On the field, Austin’s contributions to his team during the 2023 season were nothing short of remarkable. His performance earned him the prestigious titles of MVP and All-Tournament at the SEC Tournament. Throughout the season, Austin consistently delivered clutch plays, from driving in crucial runs to hitting game-changing home runs. His ability to come through in pivotal moments showcased his resilience and determination, propelling his team to victory time and time again.

With each swing of the bat, Austin left an indelible mark on the field, demonstrating his skill and passion for the game. His memorable moments, such as hitting his first collegiate home run and delivering game-winning hits against top-ranked opponents, solidified his status as a key player on his team. Both on and off the field, Austin’s impact resonates, embodying the essence of a true team player and community leader.

“RJ is a wonderful representation of what a baseball player looks like. He plays the game with tremendous passion and aggressiveness which aligns with everything that Lou Gehrig was. RJ‘s spirit goes well beyond the baseball field, as he is continually impacting young kids, older adults, and a special commitment to community service. His combination of human spirit, care, and competitiveness, make him a very special human being.”

—Tim Corbin, Head Baseball Coach, Vanderbilt